Thursday, January 15, 2009

Are You Kidding Me?


Huh. That was pretty shocking. Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham have decided to pass up on millions of dollars to return to Oklahoma for another year. I guess that they both would like to lose another BCS bowl before they leave Norman. That's very noble. Not many people would choose to be embarrassed on a national stage again. Either that of Bradford doesn't want to risk having to move to Detroit. The general rule of thumb for college football players leaving for the NFL is that if you are a guaranteed first day pick, you should move on to the greener pastures. After all, you only have so many hits in your body and it's better to get paid than to have to go to class.

Someone obviously told now former Ohio State wide receiver, Brian Hartline, this. Unfortunately, no one told him that he doesn't have NFL talent. Hell, he barely has Big Ten talent.

Hartline is graduating this year but, as many have done in the past, you are allowed to continue your collegiate playing days after receiving your degree. Todd Boeckman is still on campus and he just turned 40. This makes no sense to me. Todd McShay has him slotted from anywhere between the 5th round and undrafted. Let's say that again, this idiot left school early and he isn't even guaranteed to have his phone ring on the SECOND day of the draft. Even if he has a near perfect Combine workout, he's guaranteed nothing. Who is advising this guy? Is there even an agent out there that wants his services?

The Buckeye WR, who was never even close to being the first option in the passing game at any moment in his days in Columbus, recorded 90 catches for 1,449 yards during his three year Ohio State "career", scoring 13 touchdowns. By comparison, Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree had 7 more catches and 6 more touchdowns THIS YEAR than Hartline had in 3 years. It's not fair to compare the two because, you know, Crabtree is good but Hartline is making us do just that with this bonehead decision.

Says the Rhodes scholar, “I have had an outstanding experience at OSU and am thankful for the support I continue to receive. I now look forward to testing myself against the top competitors in the National Football League.” Yeah, and those corners and safeties in the NFL can't wait to see you, too. I'm sure it's great to know that the guy that you are covering has no chance to score or even get open. There is no WR in the league that is worse than this guy. James Thrash? Nah. Jerry Porter? No way. Donte Stallworth? Not even close. I would rather have Rae Carruth than this clump of white trash. And that "support" that he's getting is from the fans that want him to leave so they can get better players on the field.

I just don't get this at all. This may be the dumbest early entry decision in the history of football. Is Ohio State so bad that it is worth passing up your final year at a historic program to be a slot receiver in the Canadian Football League? Who knows, maybe his dream has always been to be a Saskatchewan Roughrider? However it pans out, one stereotype remains the same: Ohio State football players are idiots.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more.

Glick

Anonymous said...

Agreed, but as you said....I'm happy that he is leaving.

Are you going to make the same blog tomorrow, when Donald Washington announces he is leaving this morning?

--Drew

Anonymous said...

Detroit Lions give the Cowboys Roy Williams and with the Cowboys first round pick select....Brian Hartline. I can't wait!

Lange

Mr. Ace said...

This is obviously a bad decision, but not that bad. I think this had more to do with who will be playing QB for the Fuckeyes than anything else. Im not trying to rip on TP, but the fact is that a WR, especially one of Hartline's caliber, isn't going to put up good numbers with him throwing the ball. Now he is projected to be a possible late round pick. If he stayed another year, he would completely fall of the map.

With that being said, he has no chance to get drafted. Adrian Arrington got taken in the 7th round last year by the Saints and he is twice the receiver Hartline is.

Allan Stokke said...

Kevin Hart is not impressed.

Seriously though, what are his other options? Stay in school and continue to be elbow deep in hot-coed pussy?

Oh actually, yeah, that does sound better....

Mr. Ace said...

Hartline is for the gays

Jeff said...

Hartline is a moron and I have no problem with him leaving. Ohio State has a ton of other receivers ready to step up and fill his spot (which is not a hard task).

It must have been the thought of making the league minimum and being able to move his family out of the trailer park and into a beautiful one bedroom apartment.

J Beanie said...

What are you talking about? This kid is going to be great. Didn't you see how well he, and the whole Ohio State team, performed so flawlessly in such big games this year? He's a sleeper in the draft and will be a big sleeper come fantasy draft time.

GMoney said...

Drew, Washington has to leave because one more arrest and Tressel may suspend him for a series. Isn't that the rule: 10 arrests = 1 series on the bench?

Allan, is Kevin Hart that kid that held a press conference saying he was signing with Cal or something but he made it all up and they had never heard of him before?

Anonymous said...

I can't think of any concievable reason for him to leave other than the fact that he knows with TP at QB he won't put up near the numbers he wants to. However, there were rumblings of him leaving for a while and I wasn't bothered when I heard them and I am not bothered now. There are recievers behind him that are far more talented and a lot faster, which also may have lead him to this decision (a la Antonio Pittman Leaving w/ Beanie Wells breathing down his neck). Finally, Ohio State can get back to having a deep threat in their top 2 recievers.

-Lil' Strut

P.S. I think it is odd that you call him a Rhodes Scholar at the outset, but then qualify him as an idiot at the end of the blog. Were you a Rhodes Scholar? Exactly.

Anonymous said...

Also, I don't necessarily agree with your rule of thumb on leaving if you are going to be a first day pick. I guess it depends on your program, because I know a lot of the bigger program coaches (Tressel included) say their rule of thumb is to leave if you will be a 1st ROUND pick, but I could see being from a smaller school and having the attitude to "get while the getting was good."

-Lil' Strut

Seal said...

How do you figure Bradford was embarrassed in the championship game against Florida?? It was a great game.

Tony B. said...

Seal is right, Bradford wasn't embarrassed, he was "kissed by a rose" in the championship game.

J Beanie said...

Seal? Is that my Seal?

Anonymous said...

yes that is your seal, beanie... oh and i see we have an original douche bag on our hands... typical for someone with a "joke" as terrible as Tony B.'s to be commenting on your site Graig.

Seal

GMoney said...

When the Heisman trophy winner loses his bowl game and goes from an over 60 ppg average to 14, I would classify that as embarrassing. And let's not forget about his god awful haircut.

Feel free to stay at that other site where the conversation is a little easier for you to follow, seal.

Anonymous said...

well that makes no sense what so ever considering you posted there today too

seal

GMoney said...

Yes, but here I am King and you will read every damn word that I have to say.

Stokkemeister said...

@G$

Yeah, that's the kid

Daniel said...

Hart is going pro because he knows with Pryor around that he won't get many opportunities to improve his stock, and at this point in the game it's too late to transfer. The kid is fast, he was a state championship trackster in the hurdles, so maybe he can turn that ability and catch on to a practice squad somewhere. Bam Childress did it for like 3 years, and it's not a bad gig to make $100K for 5 months of practicing football.

Also, dude's engaged so I doubt that that banging hot chicks factored much into the decision.

KPietsch said...

Not sure how much stock he has to begin with.